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CSI Days 2016: Enhancing Counselor Community Engagement
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CSI Days 2016 will include three sponsored education sessions at the ACA Conference & Expo in Montréal.

Enhancing Counselor Community Engagement through Professional Advocacy

Dr. Catherine Y. Chang, Professor and Program Coordinator for the Counselor Education and Practice Doctoral Program, Georgia State University
Dr. Laura Shannonhouse, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University
Ms. Peeper McDonald,
Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Practice, Georgia State University

Saturday, April 2, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the ACA Conference & Expo in Montréal, Room 516E

Advocacy has been and continues to be fundamental to the counseling profession. Advocacy has been conceptualized as a two-pronged concept which includes both client/social advocacy and professional advocacy (Chang, 2011). Although the idea of advocating for our clients inherently feels right, advocating for the counseling profession and the services that we provide may seem self-serving (Sweeney, 2011). In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of professional advocacy as well as how we can incorporate professional advocacy into community engagement.

Catharine Y. Chang
Dr. Catharina Chang is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Counselor Education and Practice Doctoral Program at Georgia State University. She has published and presented in the areas of social justice and advocacy, multicultural counseling competence, privilege and oppression issues and counseling implications related to Asian American and Korean American clients. She was the lead editor for the book Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy and the lead editor for the special issue on Social Justice for the Counselor Education and Supervision journal.

Dr. Chang has held several leadership positions including President of Chi Sigma Iota (2009-2010) and Vice President for the Asian and Pacific Islander American concerns of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (2010-2013). She has also served as chairperson for the membership committee of AMCD, and she is currently the President of AMCD.

She is a trustee for the American Counseling Association Foundation. Dr. Chang is the recipient of the Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award from CSI, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Research Award, the ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) MECD Research Award, the Pre-tenure and Tenure Counselor Educator Award from the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Alumni Excellence Award from the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG.

Gerard Lawson
Dr. Laura Shannonhouse is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST).

Dr. Shannonhouse's clinical experiences (e.g. college counseling center, cancer center, crisis center, etc.) have included working with marginalized populations both domestically and internationally (e.g. illness-related trauma in South Africa; prolonged grief from daycare center fire in Mexico, post-Katrina charter school teachers; both southeast Asian and post-earthquake Haitian refugees, and urban homeless, etc.). Her research interests have been influenced by these clinical experiences; she is particularly interested in finding best practices for maximizing counselors’ acquisition of multicultural counseling competence so that they may better serve clients.

Dr. Shannonhouse has disseminated her work through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, national and international conferences, and received research and best practice grants from the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors and Chi Sigma Iota International. She has received several awards, including the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association, The Marian Pope Franklin Fellowship from the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNC Greensboro, and was selected as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by the Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors and as a leadership intern and fellow by Chi Sigma Iota International.

Peeper McDonald
Ms. Peeper McDonald is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Practice Ph.D. program at Georgia State University. She holds a Master’s and Specialist in Education degrees in Professional Counseling. Her professional and research interests include counselor identity development and advocacy, social justice, and diversity issues within counseling and supervision. She has multiple presentations at the regional and national levels.

Ms. McDonald values servant leadership and as a result has served in her local Chi Epsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) for the past four years (2015-2016-past-president; 2014-2015-president; 2013-2014-president-elect; 2011-2013-treasurer), served as a National 2013-2014 CSI Leadership Fellow and a 2014 ACES Emerging Leader, and is a member of national committees. More specifically, she is an active member of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) Diversity committee and has served on the Counselor Community Engagement committee of CSI. Additionally, she has served in her community for several years as a youth group leader for high school girls.

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